Modern life carries a lot of stresses, which is why many people do not get enough sleep at night. Chronic sleep deprivation, which has grown to become a public health crisis, can lead to numerous problems such as anxiety, depression, and chronic health issues. No wonder some of us would not mind taking naps during a the day. In this post, we have collected some smart inventions for taking a midday nap to help you get through a tiring workday.
Although the phenomenon of chronic sleep deprivation is not specific to any region, businesses in Japan and Sweden seek to create a setting for a comfortable midday nap within confines of a workplace. That is why they are installing nap areas into their offices en masse.
Giraffenap nap pod is a great example of such a solution. Designed for use in public Japanese spaces like offices and other common areas, it is available in two themes – the futuristic “Near Future”-themed Spacia, and the wood-laden “Japanese Style”-themed Forest. Both come with four-point cushioning and padding, with internal controls that allow to adjust these points for the user while resting upright.
Despite its standing configuration, the design provides adequate space for the user to rest their feet, knees, butt, and arms. The solution is an incomparable space-saver, for it allows to arrange several such pods close to one another in the middle of a public area.
Besides, both napping pods are designed to protect the user from earthquakes and keep them asleep during the seisms.
To prevent nap enthusiasts from muscle pain in their necks and backs, Italian designer Loris Dadda has introduced an ingenious jacket that is intended to help the user take a quick nap in various seated positions on the way – at airport benches, subway seats, or when commuting to work. The clever solution is aptly titled Napow, which stands for Nap On The Way.
The product comprises a sleeveless jacket made from synthetic fibers, polyurethane, and eco-leather and features a harness that is designed to provide a healthy and correct posture to support the head and neck while sleeping. This guarantees both head and neck do not get stressed and cause pain after the user is awake. The collar is padded with a double layer of polyurethane, making it comfortable to nap on. The smart wearable also eliminates the external stimuli of the environment, such as excessive lighting, thus encouraging a more peaceful nap.
According to the studies, a 20 to 30-minute “power nap” can be beneficial to productivity. Another Italy-based designer Andrea Senatori has found a way to ensure the amount of time is right for feeling refreshed, without undercutting or overspending.
Although most of us are used to relying on our smartphones to count down the time, the Spot 2 design concept of a dedicated nap timer offers simplicity and ease of use. The product comprises a simple timer, disguised as an alarm clock, with only two inputs for the interaction, and a front face perfectly balanced with an audio grid and a modern digital screen to balance the otherwise retro-looking appearance.
There’s one large dial to set how long the timer goes and a smaller one for controlling the volume. Both are presented as analog controls in a bid to bring back “the physical communication between our hands and our objects.”
Now you have everything you might need to enjoy a proper nap. Have a good sleep!